Youth Tobacco and Risk Behavior Survey (YTRBS)

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) work together to conduct one health-related student survey in the fall of even calendar years – to avoid spring school standardized testing/assessments. The health survey is a combination of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and Youth Tobacco Survey (YTS), both sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The core of the survey is the YRBS, supplemented by questions from the YTS and other surveys.  This combined survey is entitled the 'Youth Tobacco and Risk Behavior Survey' (YTRBS). An independent professional survey contractor administers the anonymous and confidential surveys, collects answer sheets, and sends them to the CDC.  The CDC scans the answer sheets, creates the database, and conducts primary data analysis using the CDC’s YRBS protocols. 

This includes the current survey questionnaires, as well as previous years versions, and the rationale for asking certain survey questions.
Commonly asked questions about the YTRBS.

These instructions appear on the cover of every student's survey questionnaire booklet.
This form only need to be completed if a parent/guardian does not want their child to participate in the survey.
This report provides an understanding of the Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System provided by the CDC.

These include past reports specific to tobacco related behaviors in the State of Maryland.

Reports on All YRBS Risk Behaviors 
These include Statewide and Local data from past Youth Risk Behavior Surveys (YRBS) completed in the State of Maryland. The data includes a range of health behavior topics covered by the YRBS.

This page hosts the most commonly used Maryland Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) documents.​ 

2014 Maryland YRBS Full Report 

The report for the 2014 Youth Risk Behavior Survey results.​